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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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September 1 - Gloria Estefan, singer

Born in Cuba, Gloria Estefan has been credited with opening doors for Latin musicians after being named one of Billboard’s Top 100 greatest artists of all time. She is also a seven-time Grammy Award winner, Medal of Freedom recipient, and savvy businesswoman. 

Estefan burst onto the music scene with the release of “Conga” in 1985. She was the lead singer for Miami Sound Machine, a band that also gave her her husband Emilio Estefan. The couple has been married since 1978 and is currently worth a cool half a billion from ownership of Florida hotels and restaurants. 

Her future wasn’t at all sure after a truck hit her tour bus in March 1990, fracturing a vertebra in her back. It took an emergency surgery and 10 months of excruciating physical therapy to recover, after which Estefan released the album Into the Light

Estefan has inspired a musical, On Your Feet, and appeared in film and television. A mother of two, she authored a children’s book, Noelle’s Treasure Tale, that was No. 3 on the New York Times Bestseller list for children’s books in 2006. She is set to release a new Christmas album for 2022 with her husband. The pair supports a wide variety of philanthropic causes.


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September 2 - Tony Alva, skateboarder

Winner of the USSA World Invitational Skateboard Championship in 1975, Tony Alva was one of the first to invent vertical skateboarding. He was also an original member of the Zephyr Competition Skateboarding Team (Z-Boys), who all surfed and transported a new, aggressive style from the ocean to the street. They pioneered the dangerous new trend of using empty concrete swimming pools to launch aerial moves. Alva was one of the first to complete a Frontside Air trick, launching the era of modern skateboarding.

You may have seen the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown, based on a 2001 documentary of California skate culture where Alva was featured. Alva has also maintained a long promotional relationship with Vans shoes, and he opened his own skateboard company, Alva Skates, at the tender age of 19. 

Alva has also enjoyed a musical career and most recently played with the LA rock band His Eyes Have Fangs. 

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September 13 - Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, president of the Philippines

You might have thought that Filipinos would have had enough of the Marcos family after the People Power Revolution ousted former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and first lady Imelda Marcos from power back in 1986, after which they fled to Hawaii. The pair was notorious for civil rights abuses and shady financial dealings. 

Their son, Bongbong, is a chip off the old block. He won the presidency by a landslide in 2022, despite heavy criticism from fact-checkers and disinformation scholars for “revising” history and smearing rivals. He and his mother (his father died in 1989) were fined $353.6 million by the Hawaii District Court in 2011 for dissipating assets from Ferdinand Senior’s estate in violation of an injunction in a 1992 judgment in a Human Rights Victims case. 

And although it would seem that this judgment, the largest contempt award ever affirmed by an appellate court, would bar Bongbong and Imelda from entering any US territory, it seems that as head of state, Bongbong Marcos enjoys diplomatic immunity and is welcome to visit the US in his official role. 

Ethan (left) and Joel Coen, Image Source: Wikipedia

September 21 - Ethan Coen, filmmaker

Along with older brother Josh, Ethan Coen is arguably one of the greatest directors and producers of all time. Known collectively as the Coen brothers, the duo has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winning best screenplay for Fargo and Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay for No Country for Old Men.

Growing up in Minneapolis, the brothers were introduced to Italian films that aired on a local station, the Tarzan films, and comedians such as Doris Day, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Hope. They began remaking films they’d seen, using a camera Joel bought from money cutting lawns and featuring their friend Mark Zimering “Zeimers”. In one instance, Lassie Come Home became Ed … A Dog, with Ethan donning his sister’s tutu to play the role of the mother. 

Prolific writers, directors, and producers, the brothers were forced to name only one (Joel) as director and one (Ethan) as producer in spite of collaborating on both until 2004. Why? Guild rules prohibited multiple director credits unless the co-directors are an “established” duo.” You might also assume that the brothers live near each other, but they are on opposite coasts. Ethan and his family reside in New York, while Josh and his family live in California.

Some of their most famous projects include Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


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